Why Do I Need to Replace My Mattress?

It really is time for a new mattress

So, why do you need to replace your mattress?

To answer this question you must look at the life span of your mattress. Over time things will change in your life and these will have profound effects on the state of your mattress.

A mattress won’t last forever. A combination of factorswork together to determine how long your mattress will provide optimum comfort and support.

First think of;

Yourlifestyle –Changes in lifestyle, such as moving into a new home or getting married, may call for a change in your mattress.

YourBody –As we age, our bodies change. What was comfortable and supportive when you were 25 may not meet your needs when you’re 35 or 45. The amount of space that’s right for a five-year-old may not be enough for a 15-year-old. Make sure that every mattress in your home meets the sleeper’s current needs for comfort, support, and space. If you’ve gained or lost weight, that can shorten or lengthen the time your mattress will give you proper support. Pregnancy also alters the stress put on your mattress.

Now consider your current mattress:

Its age –Don’t look to the age of your mattress or the warranty to determine whether it’s time for a new mattress. Neither are indicators of how long your mattress will maintain optimum comfort and support.

Its quality –A poor-quality mattress can deteriorate quickly, while top-quality sets can provide comfort and support for a number of years.

It’s use –A mattress that is used nightly or that gets more of a workout (e.g., you watch television, read in bed or the children use it as a trampoline) will lose its comfort and support more quickly than one that is used less often, such as a guest room bed.

What the experts say;

A study by The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) showed that beds aslittle as six years old could offer significantly less support and comfort than a newone, thanks to wear and tear not just from body weight and movement but also sweatand debris such as skin, scales, hair etc.Investigating the life of a mattress’ (FIRAInternational Study commissioned by the National Bed Federation, 2011.)

Changes in Mattress Technology

We’ve come a long way, New technologies and research carried out has resulted in major changes in the mattress world. Older mattresses contained a variety of natural materials including straw, feathers or horse hair. In the first half of the 20th century, a typical mattress sold had an innerspring core and cotton batting or fibrefill. Modern mattresses usually contain either aninnerspringcore or materials such aslatex,viscoelastic, other flexiblepolyurethanefoams or the latest of innovations being gel which is a derivative of baby oil. Other fill components include insulator pads over the coils that prevent the bed’s upholstery layers from cupping down into the innerspring, as well as polyester fibrefill in the bed’s top upholstery layers. Mattresses may also be filled with air or water, or a variety of natural fibers.

We are now more aware of our bodies’ needs and how we can provide the support that is required as we grow but not forfeit on comfort. Once told that a firm bed was the way forward is not the case. We are all individual and our needs vary greatly, we have never had so many options when we shop for a newmattress.

Changes in Our Bodies Needs

People’s bodies change over time and their need for adequate comfort and support increases as we grow. Changes in our weight, height and medical conditions will but extra demands on our spinal support and need for sleep.

All bodily functions are controlled and coordinated by the brain and nervous system through the spine. The spine is like a wiring conduit that protects, connects, and delivers nervous system impulses to and from all bodily tissues and organs. When your spine is healthy, the vertebrae are properly aligned and your nervous system communication is optimized. The right sleeping surface is of paramount importance to achieve this.

A good qualitymattresswill ensure that your spine remains in the correct position while you sleep. If your mattress is failing to do so, it is putting unnecessary strain on your vertebrae resulting in back pain and causing additional stress on the bodies pressure points triggering potential damage as well as activating your brain to tell your body to change position whilst sleeping to correct this problem adding to your sleep debt.

Risk of Allergies

Dust mite feces rather than the actual dust mites are the cause of allergic reactions in bed. The dust that accumulates in a mattress is contaminated with dust mite feces.

Commonallergic reactionsto dust mite feces are sneezing, itching, watery eyes and wheezing. Dust mite allergies have also been linked to headaches, fatigue and depression. A solidmemory foam mattressesorlatex mattressesare by far the best mattresses for allergy sufferers. Because the core of these types of mattresses is not hollow, there is no incubator, no areas for dust mites to thrive in and no open cavity for the accumulation of allergens.

Did you know?After 7 years, your mattress practically doubles in weight from dead skin, sweat and millions of dust mites.

According to materials published by Ohio State University, a typical used mattress may have 100,000 to 10 million mites inside. Ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow can be composed of dead mites and their droppings. One of their favourite foods is dead skin and the average person sheds 4 kilograms (or about 8.8 pounds) a year.

A Sagging Mattress

Your mattress will also go through many changes, your kids using it as a trampoline, your body changing or an extra person sleeping on it, the effects of these changes can hamper a good night sleep and fail to support your body.

Over time a lot of mattresses sag. That’s just the nature of the beast. But does it have to be? The answer to that is a resounding NO! If your mattress is over 7 years old, you probably are used to a mattress that sags. You should know that this doesn’t have to be a norm, starting out with the question, ‘What’s the best mattress?’can lead to a great investment.

The reason behind a sagging mattress is that most of them are made of soft material that doesn’t “recover”, or metal springs that get crunched. Bounce-back, is not present in most mattresses. Most mattresses when they are new do have some level of recovery for a time. But after a while their lack of resistance comes into play more and more, as the weight of the human body packs down the foam material inside the mattress. The mattress stuffing starts to spread out little by little with each new “lay” on the bed. Then the mattress may not only get an impression and sag, but it may also start to form lumps where the stuffing has spread outwards to. You start to sleep on different parts of the mattress, but instead of getting away from the sag, you chase around the foam from one part of the mattress to another, causing it to get lumpier as the material congregates into small or large annoying masses.

It’s a good idea to compare the mattress and foundation you are sleeping on now to newer models at least every few years. Studies show that 87% of people who purchase a new mattress are satisfied with their choice and its impact on the quality of their sleep. Mattress technology is constantly advancing, and it’s worthwhile to visit astoreand try out what’s available today.

What the experts say;“If given adequate time and the proper environment, sleep provides tremendous power – it restores, rejuvenates and energizes the body and brain.”-Dr. James Maas, Cornell University professor and author


In Short: Worrying about the expense of replacing your mattress? This feature shows you why its a necessity rather than an unneeded cost.

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